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ROBERT WILLIAMS RETURNS TO SEATTLE DECEMBER 13 & 14!

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes underground comix legend Robert Williams on Saturday, December 13 to celebrate the publication of the Complete Zap Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing. This event kicks off a weeklong series commemorating the monumental, multi-volume collection of comix that changed the future of this marginalized medium.
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From the time it first appeared in1968 – peddled from a baby carriage on the streets of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district – R. Crumb’s perversely perceptive observations altered the course of American counterculture. The Zap Comix collective came to include eight creative misfits, as Crumb was joined by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, and Paul Mavrides. Over the course of three and-a-half decades they produced 16 issues on an intermittent schedule. The Complete Zap Comix Anthology will include all prior issues plus the previously unpublished #17 and a fascinating oral history of Zap by underground comix scholar Patrick Rosenkranz. A special, limited edition of the anthology will include a portfolio of signed prints from the pages of Zap. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will feature prints, posters, drawings and related ephemera from these master cartoonists.
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Robert Williams emerged on the American art scene in 1965 as a designer for notorious hot rod celebrity Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. In addition to his later work on Zap and other underground comix, Williams has enjoyed a successful career as a fine artist. His work was featured in MoCA’s landmark “Helter Skelter” exhibition in 1992 and the travelling “Kustom Kulture” show, which appeared at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1994. His paintings have since been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Fantagraphics Books has published 3 volumes of Williams work including Malicious Resplendence, Hysteria in Remission, and Conceptual Realism. Williams will sign copies of these and other books at the reception on December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, which marks the 8th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore. This event also coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack.

On Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 PM, Fantagraphics Books hosts the Seattle premiere of Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. This wildly entertaining documentary, directed by Mary Reese and Nancye Ferguson, chronicles the career of this incredibly influential artist. Williams will introduce the movie and take questions following the screening.
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On Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 PM, editor J. Michael Catron will present a discussion the history of Zap Comix and its lasting cultural implications. The festivities will conclude on Saturday, December 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a Tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread and Jim Blanchard. Rosenkranz will sign copies of The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson: Pirates in the Heartland. Dennis Dread will present his Entartete Kunts, a collection of contemporary artists, cartoonist and illustrators influenced by the Wilson’s work, including Seattle artist Jim Blanchard.

The Zap Comix exhibition continues through January 8, 2015. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.

Seattle Author Danny Bland in Conversation with Jonathan Evison

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Celebrated Seattle author Danny Bland will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance For the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception.

Bland’s collection of haiku – from Seattle’s illustrious Sub Pop label where he once worked – follows on the heels of his acclaimed novel, In Case We Die, published by Fantagraphics Books. His clever verse is accompanied by photographs from artist and musician Greg Dulli, who recently performed at Bumbershoot with his band Afghan Whigs. (Dulli also appeared with Bland at Fantagraphics Bookstore at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee in July 2013 reading from In Case We Die.)

Like Bland and Dulli, Jonathan Evison shares a background in music, having fronted the Bainbridge Island punk band March of Crimes that included future members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Evison went on to become the award-winning author of several novels, including All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Look for a lively discussion between these two colorful literary figures.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110

Fremont Art Council’s Luminata Lantern Parade 2014

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From the summer rambles we’re moving into the Autumn, and to mark the change of season the Fremont Arts Council presents the sweet, superbly beautiful Luminata. It’s a night time parade of lanterns and illuminated costumes, trip creatures, marching bands and a great family friendly welcome to Autumn.

Bring your lanterns, lighty toys, illuminated costumes, EL wire creations, light up hats, anything you’ve got to light up the route! They’ve go three marching bands this year, so get ready to be dancing!

Since it’s on Sunday this year, they’re going to start earlier with a picnic and lantern making right at Green Lake Park. They’ll have a booth selling lanterns to raise money for the FAC and then the Parade itself gets together at 7 pm.

Then, if you attend, you will dance in a gorgeous feast for the eyes and ears all the way to the Secret Banquet, where the host the Prince of Summer will welcome King Winter in his usual way – look out for the sparks! – and there will be cider and cookies at hand.

Charles Burns & Chris Wright at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Famed alternative cartoonist Charles Burns will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM presenting his new book Sugar Skull. He will be followed on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM by Chris Wright signing copies of his recent graphic novel Blacklung.

Seattle native Charles Burns, now a resident of Philadelphia, was among the founders of the alternative comix movement in the 1970s when he emerged from The Evergreen State College with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening. This trio of gifted artists began syndicating their innovative comic strips in alternative weeklies, which gave momentum to a new approach to cartooning. Burns’ groundbreaking graphic novel Black Hole, serialized by Fantagraphics Books, is considered a masterpiece of the form. The story is set in 1970s Seattle and was recently featured in the critically acclaimed film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Burns will be signing copies of his highly anticipated new book Sugar Skull, which completes a trilogy that began with X’ed Out, followed by The Hive. Burns’ unique graphic sensibility has left and indelible mark on Seattle’s culture through his early work with Sub Pop and The Rocket. Join us in welcoming this influential artist back home on Friday, September 19.

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Chris Wright is among a new breed of emerging artists building on the foundation laid by Burns and others. His recent graphic novel from Fantagraphics Books, Blacklung, combines elements of otherworldly adventure and horror rendered in brutal detail – unquestionably one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years. The signing on Sunday, September 21 marks the artist’s first visit to Seattle. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM. 206.658.0110.

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Film Noir Poster Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of posters featured in the new book, 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s – 1950s. The show opens on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Editor Mark Fertig will be available to discuss the work and sign copies of the book. The exhibition continues through November 10, 2014.

The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book’s introduction, “The posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art.” These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.

Editor Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
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Don’t miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
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Luau Party August 23rd at the Royal Room in Columbia City in Seattle

Pig Roast and music by Lushy, the Ukadelics, Banzai Surf and the Splashdowns.
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A real roast suckling pig and other Polynesian treats at the first annual Luau Party at the Royal Room! Great food and great music by The Splash Downs, Banzai Surf, Lushy and the Ukadelics!

Enjoy a pig roast buffet starting at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30pm. Spend the evening enjoying the Aloha spirit with your friends and those friends you haven’t met yet, eating great food, sipping an exotic cocktail or microbrew and listening to great music. Under 21 welcome until 10pm. Watch out for the Spam surprise!

The Royal Room is located at 5000 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City in Seattle

Schedule:

6:00 pm Kahlua Pig Buffet
7:30 The Ukadelics
8:50 Lushy
10:15 Banzai Surf
11:30 The Splashdowns

Art Attacks Georgetown This Saturday

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Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh’s monthly motifs convey something about the distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for the modest price of $25. The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.
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Artist Rebecca Pinecones debuts solo show for the Greenwood Phinney Art Walk Friday July 11th

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Says Rebecca: “Multiple headed women represent the many faces that we all are required to show the world & how sometimes they don’t match up. This conflict is my art.”

See her work on July 11th from 6 to 9pm at the Seattle School of Rock, which is a beautiful venue and hanging out there will be a Friday night plan that you can look forward to.

There will be live music, free snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks and hopefully YOU!

Ms. Pinecones and her amazing art would LOVE it if you came and had some fun while meeting some new friends and other art lovers.

Life is short and you never know, this Friday night Art walk could change the entire direction of your life, you could meet your soulmate, but no matter what, you will see some kick ass art while enjoying some free food and beverages. And there are over 80 participants in the Greenwood Art Walk so there are plenty of fun places to explore. This could quite possibly, the best night of your life.

School of Rock is located behind the Bartells on 85th, just West of Greenwood Ave. N. at 106 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

4th of July celebration on Capitol Hill – Free hot dogs, live music and root beer garden!

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The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is proud to bring you the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic on July 4th. This event is completely free and their gift to the community.
Featured throughout the day:

Free Live Music!

Noon: The Not-Its!
1:20pm: Vaudeville Etiquette
2:55pm: Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
3:50pm: McTuff

ROOT BEER GARDEN!!

Root beer floats

Arts & crafts projects for kids of all ages
Pet-Human look-alike contest
the High 5 Pie Eating Contest
Hotdogs
Root beer garden
Drawings for prizes
Activities presented by local community groups
And more!

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Thank you to our sponsors for this event:
The Capitol Hill Block Party
Mobile Food Rodeo
Sound Transit
Hunters Capital
Enslow Martin PLLC
Jonathan Rose Companies

Here’s a video from 2013:

Thank you also to these supporters of the picnic:
Blue Moon Burgers HQ
Recology CleanScapes
Perfect Copy & Print
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Step Right Up to the Georgetown Carnival on June 14

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The colorful Georgetown Carnival on Saturday, June 14 promises to be bigger and better than ever. This free festival presents eclectic entertainment for the whole family from noon to 10:00 PM. The fair features creative carnival games and confections, stilt walkers, sideshows, interactive art activities, Oddmall, food trucks, beer gardens, diverse music, and more. Mayor Ed Murray will offer opening remarks at noon.

One of the most anticipated and popular attractions, Harzardfactory’s Power Tool Races, will be moved onto Airport Way this year to accommodate more spectators. Inventors of all ages are invited to convert power tools to dragsters in this wildly entertaining spectacle. Young acrobats from Georgetown’s SANCA and musicians from Seattle Drum School will be joined by the Northwest’s oldest music group, Georgetown’s own Eagles Aerie #1 Brass Band.

Musical entertainment includes Jack Endino’s Earthworm, Vaporland, Mark Pickerel, Ancient Warlocks, Gallows Swings, Tummy, Dynamite Nugget, Mirror Glass, Evening Bell, Kama’a Ole, the Dee Dees, Loud Eyes, Burien, D J Brownstone’s Soul Attack, and more. The Stables Sideshow Stage and Georgetown Brewing Beer Garden hosts mature entertainment including Little Black Devil Burlesque, Wreckless Freeks sideshow, Carnival Queens featuring Jackie Hell and Ammonia, the Oh No Variety Show and much more!

The festive Georgetown Carnival features the most engaging entertainment that Georgetown and Seattle have to offer – a production of the Georgetown Merchants Association with additional funding provided by the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Arts & Culture, Sub Pop records, and the Stranger. For additional information visit our website at www.georgetowncarnival.com.Georgetown_Carnival_2014_Poster_20140522_Low

Peter Bagge present new work at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 10

Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, one of the founding fathers of the alternative comix movement, returns with another chapter in the continuing saga of his signature character, Buddy Bradley. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of Buddy Buys a Dump with a show of original drawings, a book signing, and music performance on Saturday, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Peter Bagge’s Hate has chronicled the misadventures of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers since the formative period of the grunge era. His observations went beyond satire to help define the attitude and aesthetics of the most significant youth movement of the 1990s. Buddy Buys a Dump is the third collection of Buddy stories from Bagge’s Hate comic book serial. It contains the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion.

The opening reception features a display of original art from the book. Bagge will be present to sign copies of recent publications. Musical entertainment will be provided by Seattle singer songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado at 7:30 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate an impressive work by one of America’s most important and influential cartoonists.
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Swing Down the the Georgetown Art Attack on May 10!

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May 10th, Seattle, WA: Ring in another inspired Spring Art Attack in Georgetown, USA. Take in the sights and sounds while you stroll Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Allow our collective of contemporary artists to amaze and engage you for an evening of art, art, art attack. Jump aboard the FREE Art Ride to check out our west end locations such as Equinox Studios and SANCA.

Among the Arts & Entertainment Highlights:

All City Coffee presenting paintings by Lucas Irwin.

Eight and Sand We live in a era of spying, secrecy, and hypocrisy where the masses are fed misinformation and the government is for sale to the highest bidder. “Criminal State of Mind” is artist Christopher J Olson‘s Orwellian examination of the mindset of the wealthy elite, politicians, and propagandists.

Equinox Studios, The big ugly blue building full of beautiful art! Come experience the wonder with over 60 artists in residence and the free Georgetown Artride shuttle to get you here and back.This month featuring Betty Jo Costanzo, Sarah Woodson, Downing Pottery, Karl Seng, Claire Putney, Tabasco Mills and the Iron Monkeys, and much more. As always, bonfires, brats and beautiful people!

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery Presents Peter Bagge: “Buddy Buys a Dump.” Exhibition and book signing with musical performance by Kelli Frances Corrado.

Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center Open studios! Guest artist, Seb Barnett, presents “Modern Myths”, a surreal painterly vision of modern day mythos. Bring the family!

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Georgetown Liquor Company presents an encore opening: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And We Feel Adorable)”. HappyTime Apocalypse is an art collective that celebrates the balance of dark and light, good and evil, happy and horrified. We aim to create an artistic escape from the horrors of the world that surround us by bringing attention to the humor and beauty within the maddening and grotesque parts of the human experience, illuminating the opposing forces of humanity within us all.

The Georgetown Stables: Soul parties are designed to connect you to the truth-telling, mirror-holding, energy-soaked creative goodness that comes when mindful artists let their talents loose! We’ll be displaying the photography of Natasha Komoda, and Naomi Wachira will be playing music. It’s “pay what you will” at the door, and half the proceeds go to Artists Life Guild, a Seattle non-profit that provides low-cost therapy for artists.

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall ”NIGHT of the GIANT MONSTERS!” Vintage & Artisan Market curated by Sire Vintage, Frida, Make Believe, Beaver’s Den Vintage, Urban Treasury and Special Giant Guest.

Krab Jab Studio presents “Daring Stories”, all new work in this solo show of local favorite, Heather Hudson! In this show she explores the world of pulp fiction alongside her usual cornucopia of monsters and oddities.

Le Objects For The Home in Historic Georgetown is excited to present an event during our monthly Art Attack “Meet The Makers” 3 Local artist will be featuring their locally made products… Eric Mendelsohn of Time Beat Clocks featuring his snare drum clocks and his Band will be playing live music all evening + Lisa Deffacio of Fern Heath Design featuring her Fleurs collection. Dina Curtis will be showing her Bike Mounts. This event will be packed with fun and adult beverages. come by and see what’s new in the 3D art world of Le Objects For The Home

LxWxH Gallery presents “Come Hell or High Water”. In this solo show, Nancy Baker will continue to investigate two-dimensional work mixing digital representations of hardware parts and abstracted forms. In Baker‘s work, chains, rivets, bolts and connectors transform otherwise stoic blue collar objects into transcendent images of floating worlds which are populated by numbers and letters against starry skies. Often citing literary sources, specific phrases wind their way through a labyrinth of connected phrases, jewels, glitter and paper machine fixtures; much like the tales she is referencing.

Machine House Brewery presents a group show of plant related art featuring local talent and plant designers. Features include installation and stand alone pieces.

Mary Tudor and Ferrell, open studio. Mary Tudor art with timeless, iconic, images verging on being meditative objects, and Ferrell, art with spacial and abstract imaging. Music by Luscious Leopard Lips, the Georgetown atmospheric music DJ with a Theremin synthesizer.

RHI Solutions: featuring artist Twozdai Hulse. Pop up art shop at RHI Solutions – worth the trip around the back of the Rainier cold storage. Original and prints of mixed media images of Iconic Seattle.

Runway Cafe The works of Phil Keane are original hand drawn, handcut, colored, and assembled 3D drawings inside shadow boxes w/ at least a 1/4? of space between each layer of buildings or landscape. The shadowboxes are recycled and refurbished to reflect the urban character of the work.

Spectrum House Salon & Photography featuring a solo show by Chani Murat,an established artist and tattooer in the Seattle area. Born and raised in the PAC NW, she’s inspired by big bright colors and high contrast images. For this show she will be showcasing a body of work with many different mediums. In addition, Spectrum House always features a boutique stocked with Seattle-made treasures & garments.

Studio Sanctum: The Nautilus Studio has changed it’s name to Studio Sanctum, showcasing the realist oil paintings of Jethaniel Peterka and Kyle Abernethy. Located next door to the Georgetown Stables.

Wittman-Estes: Furniture designed and fabricated by University of Washington Department of Architecture students in collaboration with Kimo Griggs and Danish furniture designer Erling Christoffersen. The exhibit will showcase the newly released designs, completed this spring.
AT A GLANCE: Georgetown Art Attack

Date: Saturday, May 10th, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Georgetown neighborhood, Airport Way S corridor between Lucile S and Bailey S; over 40 locations!

Features: Art, Live Music, Food and Spirits, Art Ride art bus (free)

Website: www.georgetownartattack.com

Capitol Hill Blitz Art Walk Tour with Jeffrey Cook

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Join Jeffrey Cook, local theater scenic artist and Member at Large for the Capitol Hill Community Council, as he explores the Capitol Hill art scene at the monthly Blitz art walk on Thursday, April 10th. We will meet in the cafe at Elliott Bay Books (1521 10th Avenue) at 5:45 pm and depart there at 6 pm. Jeffrey will plan a route that stops to view and experience the art at several different locations. At 7 pm we will arrive at Vermillion Gallery (1508 11th Avenue) for a secondary rendez-vous point, then depart there at about 7:20 for a few more destinations, as time allows. It is always nice to get over the galleries on Olive Way.

Glasswing Presents: Shapes A Trunk Show and Exhibition in Collaboration with Wyatt Orr and Vignettes featuring Michael Ottersen

This is a free walking tour and all interested parties are welcomed to join in to meet neighbors and discuss the art and artists along the journey. Rain will not cancel, just come prepared with whatever you’ll need to enjoy the evening and good shoes We’ll wrap up by about 8 pm. Look for Jeffrey in his tie and nametag at the Cafe at Elliot Bay Books by 6 pm!

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Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Artists at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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The Pacific Northwest enjoys a long tradition as a breeding ground for innovative illustrators and cartoonists. At no time has this been more evident than now. The Intruder comix collective is at the forefront of this new movement. On Saturday, April 12, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of the 10th issue of the Intruder anthology with a lively party including an art exhibition, music performance, and book signing.

The Intruder is a free quarterly tabloid featuring an eclectic group of contributors from the fields of comix, illustration, fine art, and graphic design. Issue #10 features the work of Max Clotfelter, Aidan Fitzgerald, Billis Helg, Ben Horak, Tim Miller, John Ohannesian, Marc Palm, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Tom Van Deusen, and more. In addition to the debut of the latest Intruder, original art, prints, and handcrafted books by these artists and others will on display at the bookstore though May 7, 2014.

The Intruder reception will be preceded from 4:00 to 6:00 PM by Michael O’Driscoll presenting his new self-published comic, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom. This limited edition hardcover follows the exploits of O’Driscoll’s pesky protagonist cleverly mimicking the format of a children’s book. Additionally, Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore welcome a musical performance by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson. Cellist Goldston is Stranger Genius honoree who has performed with Nirvana, Earth, and countless others. She’ll be joined on accordion by frequent collaborator Hanson performing songs from their recently released album. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district.
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Survival Research Laboratories Screening at Scarecrow Video

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From 1986 to 1991 Larry Reid and Susie Purves programmed a series of provocative visual and performing arts events around Seattle. On Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM they’ll present short videos of two memorable machine performances by Survival Research Laboratories and a spectacular concert by Einsturzende Neubauten on the Seattle waterfront. One show only. Free. No-host bar. Support Scarecrow Video!

Big Black’s Last Blast at Scarecrow Video

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In 1987, influential industrial rock band Big Black chose Seattle as the site of their last performance. The Georgetown show, with special guests Jesse Bernstein and Roland Barker, became legendary. On Monday, January 20th, Scarecrow Video will host two screenings of the resulting concert film, Big Black’s Last Blast.

It’s not only a document of this band’s final performance, but also a snapshot of Seattle’s music scene in the late ’80s. The three-camera concert video was directed by local artist Debra Geissel. (The on-stage camera was operated by her then-husband and current Cafe Racer proprietor Kurt Geissel.) The sound was engineered by John Nelson and mixed in Chicago by Steve Albini. Russ and Janet Battaglia of Fallout Records served as executive producers, and Monday’s screening will be presented by the film’s producers, Susie Purves and Larry Reid.

Scarecrow Video will host two screenings of Big Black’s Last Blast, at 7:00 and 8:30 PM. A small display of artifacts from the show will be featured, including the neck of Albini’s smashed guitar. The event is free, with a no-host bar, and is open to all 21 and over.

Guantanamo Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Please join us in Georgetown at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island internment compound.

Journalists at Guantanamo were subject to draconian security measures. Courtroom photography was banned. As a result, Hamlin’s deft imagery provides the only visual record of these unparalleled proceedings. According to the New York Times, “When future historians search back in time to ‘Camp Justice’ and the rigidly controlled, tightly censored terrorist trials in Guantánamo, Cuba, they will likely linger over the vivid courtroom sketches of Janet Hamlin.” The Stranger declares, “This is important.”

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Celebrate 7 Years of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” on December 14

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery opened seven years ago in a deserted south Seattle industrial district. In the intervening years, both the bookstore and the neighborhood have woven themselves into the cultural fabric of the region. Celebrate the impact of this unique urban enterprise on Saturday, December 14 with a festive holiday gala and opening reception for “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix.”

From its inception, the showroom for Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books has endeavored to demonstrate the contributions of comix to contemporary culture. “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” features the work of six narrative artists who elevate the medium. The exhibition features Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be present to sign recent publications at the opening on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

In addition to his role as Fantagraphics Bookstore curator, Larry Reid serves as president of the Georgetown Merchants Association (GMA), which played a pivotal role in revitalizing the formerly neglected business district. The bookstore’s anniversary celebration coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, a monthly promotion of the GMA. Dozens of visual and performing arts presentations take place throughout the historic neighborhood, including wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Georgetown Art Attack Holiday Edition on December 14

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Join us in Georgetown for a holiday extravaganza of art, parties, entertainment, food, and drink. We’ll open the festivities with a ceremonial community Christmas tree dedication in front of Georgetown Music Store at 6:00 PM and the Choir of the Sound will be caroling throughout the historic neighborhood.

Jump aboard the FREE Art Ride to check out our west end locations such as Equinox Studios and SANCA (see our map for Art Ride bus stops).

All City Coffee presents “2013 Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza”. Small and affordable works by local artists: including Aaron Murray, Adam Spencer, Amber Anderson, Angelina Tolentino, Clare Johnson, Eric Kolbe, Emilie Shepherd, Grant Rehnberg, Jim Pirie, Kathryn Altus, Kathy Jaleski, Marty Gordon, Maron Resur, Mary Enslow, Michelle Anderst, Niki Sherey, Sarah Harvey, Sullivan Giles, and Talia Silveri.

American Pie will present the work of artist and curator Braden Duncan. Mechanical and mystical phantasy aviary will be on display for a month!

Calamity Jane’s features the work of Zeb Shaffer! Surreal pop-psych-o-delic paintings reflecting the depths of the human mind and its archetypes.

Eight and Sand presents “The Cozy Show” featuring Misty Benson, Craig Van Den Bosch, Joseph Brooks, Maxx Follis, Marty Gordon, Carrie Hawks, Xavier Lopez, Andrew Miller, Christopher J Olson, Alexandria Sandlin, Ronnie Taylor, Eli Wolff.

Equinox Studios extends a hearty welcome to join them at their “Very Open House”. We will offer forklift poetry, 5 bands, an interactive iron pour, spontaneous dance explosions, and disruptive urban intervention.

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring.

The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall presents an evening of holiday magic with an amazing visual display and special guests stars! The Annual Vintage & Artisan Holiday Bazaar is full swing with an enchanted gift collection curated by Frida, Make Believe, Clocharde, Beaver’s Den, Sire Vintage.

Krab Jab Studio presents a group exhibit by local, national, and international artists:?”The Enlightenment Cabinet: a Chamber of Wonders”, portraying a memory theater and microcosm of the world, including odd objects belonging to natural history, archaeology, religious relics, curio paintings, science and antiquities, curated by Yvette Endrijautzki.?Participating artists are:?Jack Howe, Benjamin A. Vierling, Jason Hite, Stefanie Vega, Chris Mars, ShirrStone Dolls, Aline Gorsen, Nick Gucker, Halsey Swain, Nathan Cartwright, Joe Vollan, Isaac Stuart, Javier Ortega, Ego, Heather Hudson, Brian White, Nola Avienne, Larkin, Tracy Cilona, Dean Summers, Jason Soles, Morbid Anatomy, Corey Urlacher, Brooke Weston, Yvette Endrijautzki, Kat Houseman, Braden Duncan, Yuko Ishii, Kyle Abernethy, Jethaniel Peterka, Julie Baroh. Terese Nielsen, Anthony Scott Waters, Zeb Shaffer, Drew Tucker, and Lara Watson. Old Time Banjo Live Music by Greg Paul.

LxWxH Gallery presents “Planar Visions” This solo show with Cristin Ford features a series of folded paper wall sculptures representing a gradient; topographical acrylic sculptures; and a large-scale hand painted wall installation in one half of the gallery.

Machine House Brewery presents “Southern Sun”, paintings, drawings, photography, and installation celebrating the darkness of winter and the legacy of pagan ritual in our culture. Artists include Benjamin Bobzien, Ross Brashear, Dave Enriquez, Ish Ishmael, Kristy Kim, Ambar de Kok-Mercado, Dida Lopez, Spike Miller, Tara Sloan, and Thom Strub

Miller School of Art is open for a huge Student Holiday Show. Most paintings are around $40 with nothing over $100.

SANCA School of Flight has joined Art Attack via the Art Ride bus! Flying trapeze demonstrations by SANCA Flyers and Pay-per-Flight opportunities to fly for Art Attack patrons! Journalists and Press ride free (show your credentials)!

Robin’s Nest Garden Collectibles will be featuring the artwork of Ruth Moen, including painted furniture, rugs, tableware, and photo paintings with Art Attack special pricing of 40% off.

The Roving Gallery will be showing the work of Janet Crawley, Keli Sim DeRitis, Denise Smith and Roxanne Fawcett. We will be showing mixed media works, encaustics, sculpture, jewelry and painting.

Runway Cafe presents “Transcendental” featuring mixed media work by Robbie Schroeder and DJ Richard Brown’s “Soul Attack” set.

Spectrum House Salon & Photography is throwing a Holiday Art Party! Food drive, drinks, music by Bob Lovelace, oil paintings by Jethaniel Peterka & Kyle Abernethy, live models, and holiday shopping.

Two Tartes Cafe & Catering features artist, Laura Silverstein, owner & designer of Glitter Sweet; quirky, fun and unique bags! They will also be doing wine tasting and light appetizers from 6-8 PM
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Experience Nirvana with Bruce Pavitt on December 7 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

The Seattle music scene in 1989 was on the precipice of altering the course of global pop culture. Ironically, the punk music of the Pacific Northwest was having difficulty gaining traction beyond a small but enthusiastic regional following. While critically acclaimed, the embryonic movement was in imminent danger of a premature demise. In an effort to draw international attention to their fledgling label, Sub Pop sent their three marquee acts to Europe. The rest, as they say, is history.

Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 is Bruce Pavitt’s account of this pivotal period of contemporary culture. As the visionary founder of Sub Pop – first as a hand crafted zine, then a series of cassettes, music columns, and radio broadcasts – Pavitt was in a peculiar position to chronicle the tour that cemented grunge as the soundtrack of a generation. Through journal entries and candid photographs, Pavitt follows Nirvana, TAD, and Mudhoney at a momentous stage of a movement that almost didn’t happen.

Pavitt will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 to give a brief reading from this fascinating account and sign copies of the hardcover book. A selection of photographs from the triumphant tour will be on display with sales proceeds to benefit the Vera Project. Photographer Charles Peterson will guest DJ and several prominent musicians of the era will attend.
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